Bipartisan Senate Group Seeks ‘Revenge Porn’ Law

After a member of Congress had a explicit photo released on the internet by an anonymous Twitter user, several members of Congress began a strong push to make “revenge porn” or “sextortion” a federal crime.

Shortly after a member of Congress had a explicit photo released on the internet by an anonymous Twitter user, several members of Congress began a strong push to make “revenge porn” or “sextortion” a federal crime, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), said he shared a sexually explicit video and text messages with a woman he was seeing after he separated from his second wife. An image from that video of a naked Barton, 68, appeared on the internet last week. Tuesday, Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said they’d sponsor new legislation to make “revenge porn” a federal crime. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) reintroduced the bill in the House Tuesday.

Burr said he expects the proposal to pass easily through the Senate with support from both parties. Barton has apologized for the leaked video, saying he should have exercised better judgment. He also suggested he’d been the victim of a crime: Revenge porn, which is illegal under Texas law, but not federal law. Thirty-eight states and D.C. have laws against distributing revenge porn. The proposed federal legislation would make it “unlawful to knowingly distribute a private, visual depiction of an individual’s intimate parts or of an individual engaging in sexually explicit conduct, with reckless disregard for the individual’s lack of consent to the distribution, and for other purposes.”

from https://thecrimereport.org